How to Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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I make my homemade cranberry sauce with organic, non-gmo ingredients. You can use conventional ingredients if you don’t subscribe to the organic lifestyle.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

What would the holidays be without cranberry sauce? The turkey, the dressing, the crescent rolls, they would all be missing the flavor blast of delicious cranberry sauce. The smell of homemade cranberry sauce wafting through the air fills your home with comfort and seasonal good tidings.

The first time I made homemade cranberry sauce I was shocked at the taste difference. The crisp freshness was a delight to us all. Homemade cranberry sauce is so incredibly easy I could not believe it! The taste is hundreds of times better than anything you get a can! This recipe makes about 16 servings, about a quarter cup each. If  you don’t need that much, you can always cut the recipe in half, but trust me, it won’t be wasted.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

You’ll need:

4 cups fresh organic cranberries

2 cups water

1 1/2 – 2 1/2 cups organic, non-gmo sugar  OR 3/4 to 1  1/2 cups raw honey – according to taste

1/4 -1/2 teaspoon allspice – according to taste

Glass jar or dish


1) Wash and rinse cranberries removing any stems and bruised berries. Put cranberries in pot with the 2 cups of water and heat to boiling. Continue to boil until cranberries pop open. When the cranberries pop open, the pectin is released from the fruit which will allow natural thickening.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Cranberries Cooked

2) When most of the cranberries have burst open, mash them up in the pot. I use my stick wand mixer to puree them in the pot and this works great.

3) Now add the sugar and allspice according to your taste.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Pureed Cranberries 

4) Let this boil for at least 5 minutes and test. Test for readiness: Place a small amount of the sauce on a glass plate and run your finger down the middle of it. If it runs back together, continue to boil a little longer and recheck. If it stays separated, it’s ready.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Ready

5) Remove from heat and place in the glass container you wish to serve it from or in a glass jar with a lid. Let chill until completely set, at least 3 hours.


We like it kind of tart so I add 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of allspice, but adjust for your taste.

I make my cranberry sauce two days before the meal because I want it to be really set. I pour it into a wide mouth quart jar, put the lid on it, and place it in the frig.


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Once you’ve made homemade cranberry sauce, you’ll never open another can. My family looks forward to the crisp, sweet smell and tart deliciousness of it every year. It just wouldn’t be the holidays without it.

Be sure to share this recipe with your family and friends. Look for more homemade holiday recipes in future posts. If you missed the other family recipes handed down to me, be sure to check them out. Let me know how they turn out for you. Please leave your comments below or you can always Contact Me personally.

Safe and Happy Journey,

Rhonda and The Pack

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  2. Patti on October 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Rhonda this sounds wonderful!! I’m on the same page as you with the organic and non-gmo. I’m 53 and have the energy I did when I was 30. Lost all the menopause weight ( without dieting) skin cleared up, hot flashes gone and overall such a blessing. It’s a lifestyle change for sure but so well worth it!! There are so many deals now so you can keep cost down. Costco has been a blessing along with some local farms. If people want to do this they can even with limited funds. We find we eat less as you’re eating real food and the body knows this. Love your blog, looking forward to more!! Patti

    • Rhonda on October 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Patti, you are so right. I too had all those changes. You’re right about eating less. We don’t snack at all and so many people ask me why I go hungry. I say, “I’m not hungry. My body doesn’t need a snack because it gets real food.” LOL Thank you so much for sharing and for your encouraging words.

  3. Judy on October 9, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Homemade cranberry sounds wonderful. Where do you get your organic cranberries? I would prefer to use organic also. Thanks 🙂

    • Rhonda on October 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Judy, I get them from a couple of places. The farmer’s market here has a vendor who sells organic cranberries. Since their seasonal, he often doesn’t have them before the market closes. If he does, I like to buy a lot of them to freeze and dehydrate(not for this recipe of course). I also get them at Whole Foods and Kroger. Let me know if I can help in any other way. I’m glad you liked the article. The Cranberry sauce is delicious.

      • JUDY on November 6, 2015 at 6:10 pm

        Hello again 🙂 Another question: for your cranberry sauce do you use the Wholesome brand Organic Cane Sugar that you use in your other recipes? I have some of that but I wasn’t sure if it could be substituted cup for cup for beet sugar.

        • Rhonda Crank on November 7, 2015 at 11:08 am

          Judy, The answer is yes ma’am it substitutes cup for cup. I don’t use beet sugar at all since it is a GMO project 99% of the time. Thanks for asking. Great question!

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